Eurostar To Resume Journeys Between London And Amsterdam Despite Travel Restrictions
Eurostar is set to resume direct trains between London and Amsterdam despite the fact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised against all non-essential travel to The Netherlands because of rising coronavirus cases.
If you're up for it - regardless of the UK's rules - the fares can be obtained for £40 ($52) each way from the Eurostar website and can be booked from 1 September for dates running until February 2021.
Because of the ever-changing nature of the coronavirus pandemic, and the volatility of travel restrictions, they're also offering passengers the option to exchange tickets at no extra cost up until 14 days before the date of departure.
This will apply only to bookings made up until 31 December.
There will also be some different measures in place with regards to hygiene and prevention of the spread of the disease.
This will include deep cleaning of the high-speed trains before and after every single journey, as well as cleaning teams stationed on board to regularly disinfect and clean areas where passenger contact is high.
On top of that, all passengers will be required to wear a face covering or mask onboard the trains and in stations.
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To ensure everyone is going to be kept at a safe distance apart, the company has also devised a new seat map to help passengers stay socially distanced.
The FCO advice on The Netherlands was changed recently due to the rising number of cases in the country, and all travellers arriving into the UK are required to complete a 14 day quarantine.
The list of countries to which travel is not advised because of coronavirus also includes France, Spain and Malta.
The advice reads: "The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises against all but essential travel to the Netherlands. This is based on the current assessment of Covid-19 risks."
Of course, the travel restrictions are subject to change as the constantly shifting sands of the pandemic do, but at this moment in time, the advice is not to travel to The Netherlands.
The full travel information provided by the FCO can be found here.
Before you set off, or book anything for that matter, it's worth considering that anyone travelling against the advice of the FCO is likely to have their travel insurance invalidated.
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